During the 1950s and ’60s, Ron Ormond directed a slew of exploitation films that are now nearly impossible to find, including such gems as Mesa of Lost Women and The Monster and the Stripper. Another obscure and impossible to find film Ormond produced was called Attack of the Flying Saucers, a UFO documentary featuring contactees Reinhold Schmidt and Daniel Fry.
In the late 1950s, Ormond co-authored a number of psychic phenomena/self help books with a fellow named Ormond McGill (now what’s the chance of writing a book with someone whose first name is the same as your last name?) These titles included a book on psychic surgery called Religious Mysteries of the Orient/Into the Strange Unknown, in addition to a series of books on hypnosis.
In 1959, Ormond assumed duties as editor-in-chief of Ray Palmer’s Flying Saucers From Other Worlds magazine and in the August issue penned the curiously titled “I Found A Little Green Man” under the byline of Colonel Ron Ormond (Member United States Air Force Auxiliary). According to the article, Ormond claimed that a prospector from Arizona had given him a mummified little green skinned man, roughly 15 to 16 inches tall. The prospector allegedly discovered the creature in a cave nearby his mining claim that had been frequented by flying saucer overflights. A photo from the period features Ormond carrying around a beat-up cardboard box supposedly carrying his little green man, although there’s nothing to suggest he ever publically displayed the creature. Ormond claimed that his Little Green Man was similar to a photo that ufologist Robert Coe Gardner was presenting at UFO conferences at the time, alleged to be an ET in the company of German scientists.
A private pilot, Ormond survived a plane crash in 1968 that led to his conversion to Christianity, after which he devoted himself in the following years to producing a number of somewhat bizarre and gory religious films as a testament to his new-found faith.
You can read more about such colorful characters in A is For Adamski: The Golden Age of the UFO Contactees available now while supplies last from your finer internet book sellers.
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I spent some time with Tim Ormond – Ron Ormond’s son – in the 90s. I think Ormond was not his real last name, but that he changed it because he was such good friends with Ormond McGill.
I also briefly met Ormond McGill at a hypnosis conference in Las Vegas shortly before he died.
I have – somewhere – a copy of Into The Strange Unknown. It is one of the most difficult to find Ormond books. This is a travel journal where they go around the orient witnessing – and sometimes participating in – strange rituals.
Into The Strange Unknown includes a photograph of God. Spoiler Alert: he looks Chinese.
Ron Ormond filmed some of the strange rituals and later – after his conversion to Christianity – included them in some of his films as examples of alleged demonic possession.
I have never heard about the little green man case before this.
Thanks, Tim. Did you see this link near the end of the article? It mentions Tim Ormond. http://archivalrevival.blogspot.com/
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Tim Ormond has confirmed to me that the little green man did exist. Unfortunately it was destroyed in a flood years ago.
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